A Mexican tour bus collided with a truck on Wednesday, January 2, killing one and injuring several others. The charter bus, carrying almost 50 passengers, veered off the highway and then over-corrected, which caused the bus to tip over onto its side. Then, once the bus had crashed on U.S. 59 near Victoria, a pickup truck collided with the overturned bus. The driver of the pickup was not injured.
The bus was headed towards Houston from Monterrey, Mexico. Investigators believe that the accident was due to driver fatigue. Vinger was unsure whether there was more than one driver and stated that weather was not a factor in the accident.
The identity of the man who was killed on the bus wasn’t immediately released, nor was the name of the bus driver. DPS spokesman Tom Vinger said the driver wasn’t seriously injured, and that it’s too early to tell whether he’ll face charges.
All 46 passengers were taken to local hospitals, 22 of which went to DeTar Healthcare System in Victoria and 24 were taken to Citizens Medical Center. Of those at DeTar one was in critical condition, one had to be transferred for a “higher level of treatment”, two were in serious condition and the rest were either in fair condition or discharged. At Citizens Medical Center three passengers had to be airlifted to other medical centers and two were in intensive care.
For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Mass Transit Accidents.